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  • Fewer rape investigations are being solved in Sweden, new stats suggest

    09/22/2017 7:42:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies ^ | 22 September 2017 12:09 CEST+02:00 | Lee Roden
    Fewer rapes have been solved in Sweden so far in 2017 than by the same stage a year before, new figures from the country’s National Council on Crime Prevention (Brå) suggest. Brå’s preliminary figures for the first six months of 2017 show that only eight percent of rapes investigated by police this year have been solved (meaning 302 have been solved), down from 12 percent at the same stage a year before, when 354 were solved. Police say they want to do more, but complain that limited resources are hampering their cause. According to Brå’s researcher on sex crimes, there...
  • How do Muslims living in France feel about their country?

    09/22/2017 7:09:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies ^ | 22 September 2017 16:28 CEST+02:00 | Evie Burrows-Taylor
    The subject of Muslim integration in France is one of the country’s most hotly debated issues. But how do Muslims themselves feel about their home country? A new survey offers some insight. Muslims living in France feel a stronger attachment to their country than they do in much of Europe, despite experiencing high levels of discrimination. That was one of the key findings of a new survey that looked at Musliims across Europe. The survey also found that first generation Muslims feel more attached to France than their offspring. This generational difference in feeling towards their country is greater in...
  • Merkel shouldn’t have opened borders without parliament’s approval, internal report finds

    09/22/2017 7:43:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies ^ | 22 September 2017 10:39 CEST+02:00
    A report written by the German parliament’s legal experts has found that parliament and not Angela Merkel should have decided on opening Germany’s borders to refugees in September 2015. The report by the Bundestag Scientific Office, a team of non-partisan legal experts, stated that it is the role of the Bundestag (German parliament) to decide on all matters of essential relevance to the state. In the document, the main findings of which were published by Die Welt on Friday, the experts do not explicitly say that the decision made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on September 4th 2015 to take...
  • Germany's Sigmar Gabriel slams Donald Trump's 'national selfishness' in UN speech

    09/21/2017 11:13:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.21.2017 | rs/sms (AFP, dpa)
    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned against “national selfishness” in world politics on Thursday in his first speech at the United Nations General Assembly. “This worldview describes the world as an arena, a kind of battleground, in which everyone is fighting against everyone else and in which everyone has to assert their own interests, either alone or in alliances of convenience,” Gabriel told world leaders. “The motto ‘Our country first’ only leads to more national confrontations and less prosperity. In the end, there will only be losers,” he said, in a thinly veiled reference to US President Donald Trump’s oft-repeated...
  • Denmark makes deal on water with California

    09/20/2017 10:17:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies ^ | 20 September 2017 20:15 CEST+02:00
    Denmark has signed an agreement to provide water purification technology to the thirsty coastal US state of California, in a deal that could bring millions into the Danish economy. The west coast state will spend millions of dollars over the coming years on improving water quality and reducing waste. The deal signed with the Danish Ministry for Food and the Environment will provide the opportunity for Danish business to be involved in that development, the ministry said in a press statement. Minister Esben Lunde Larsen, who signed the agreement, said the Californian market was ideal for Danish water technology. Although...
  • How a rise in sex crimes in Bavaria has opened a debate about women’s rights

    09/20/2017 9:44:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies ^ | 20 September 2017 12:08 CEST+02:00
    Last Wednesday the Bavarian interior ministry released statistics that made for sobering reading. In the first half of 2017 some 685 sex crimes were recorded in Bavaria, a rise of 48 percent on the same period in 2016. Of these crimes, 126 had suspects who had arrived in Germany as asylum seekers. The figures showed that sex crimes with asylum seekers as suspects jumped by 91 percent in a year. While the large majority (71 percent) of suspects were Germans, people who had come to the country seeking asylum made up 11 percent of all suspects, a figure disproportionate to...
  • Danish Government on Escalating Malicious Migrant Crime: “Worst Situation Since 2nd World War”

    09/18/2017 4:05:47 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 38 replies
    10 News ^ | 16 September 2016
    Rule of law is imploding in Denmark as “low-tech jihad” and migrant gangs take over the streets. The Danish government should not be surprised. But it appears to be. Thousands of incidents involving loosened wheel bolts on cars, large rocks or cinder blocks thrown from highway overpasses, and thin steel wires strung across bicycle paths meant to decapitate unsuspecting cyclists, is spreading a growing sense of horror among the Danes. In almost all cases, the perpetrators have turned out to be from MENAP countries (Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan).
  • Foreigners cast symbolic ballots in new initiative to give voting rights to all [Germany]

    09/18/2017 9:47:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies ^ | 18 September 2017 16:47 CEST+02:00 | Shelley Pascual
    Over the past week, 20 polling stations set up in central Berlin invited non-German citizens to cast a symbolic general election vote. Why is the right to vote important for these residents? The Local found out. “I find it bad that I’m not able to vote,” Ania Seroka explained after she slipped her symbolic ballot into the box with her young son by her side. In spite of having lived in Germany for ten years, Polish citizen Ania Seroka will not have a say in the country’s federal election less than a week away. But the social worker considers her...
  • ‘Rights of people are being squashed. It is impossible to take on wind farm firms’ [Ireland]

    09/17/2017 11:29:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | September 18, 2017 | Michael Clifford
    Some nights, Sean Harris is sitting watching the TV and he thinks he hears the fridge humming. On other occasions, he has been out on the road around his home in Ballyduff in West Waterford, and the engine sounds as if it’s a car approaching him from behind. Those are the more benign effects of the Barnafaddock Wind Farm, as he sees it. He is not alone, but neither are his problems shared with huge numbers in his rural community. In most people’s view, the wind farm is in the mountains and its developer has compensated the community with funds...
  • Irish hospitals ‘beginning to fail’, senior doctors warn

    09/17/2017 10:51:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 09/18/2017 | Martin Wall
    The Government needs to invest more than €5 billion in additional beds, equipment and infrastructure as there is now clear evidence acute hospitals are “beginning to fail”, senior doctors have warned. In a submission to the Department of Health, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) said the system was experiencing ever-increasing waiting lists for essential surgery while there had been a “collapse” in the elective or non-urgent output in acute hospitals. It warned key targets in relation to cancer care were also now being missed. The submission, sent last Friday, said the waiting time prior to the commencement of chemotherapy...
  • France slams Silicon Valley for skirting tax in Europe

    09/16/2017 10:08:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies ^ | 16 September 2017 03:41 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire accused US internet giants on Friday of escaping their fair share of taxes in Europe, as he pushed the EU to urgently address the issue. Big EU countries have become increasingly frustrated that internet giants such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google escape paying a fair tax by basing their operations in lower-tax EU states such as Ireland and Luxembourg. “We need to make sure in Europe that all companies are paying their fair share of tax, that is the meaning of our initiative,” Le Maire told reporters on the sidelines of talks with...
  • Cleaning lady takes anger out on Merkel over meager pension

    09/15/2017 2:20:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies ^ | 15 September 2017 16:09 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    During a meet-the-voter TV show on Thursday night, a cleaning lady asked Chancellor Angela Merkel a question that raised the issue of old-age poverty — leaving her struggling to come up with an answer. “In Austria, there is a citizens’ insurance scheme. Everyone pays into it,” Petra Vogel told the Chancellor on a live show on public broadcaster ZDF on Thursday. Vogel, a cleaner in a hospital in Bochum and trade unionist, went on to explain that if Germany had this too, she would not have to live in poverty as a pensioner. After more than 40 years of work,...
  • Standard of living in France still below 2008 levels

    09/14/2017 9:34:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies ^ | 14 September 2017 11:26 CEST+02:00
    The standard of living in France has seen a slight rise, but remains below the levels seen before the financial crisis, new figures show. The median standard of living was €20,300 per year in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, according to figures published by national statistics agency Insee this week. That works out at €1,692 each month. This was a small increase of 0.4 percent from the previous year, but is still below the standard of living recorded in 2008. Insee said that the small rise remains in keeping with the long-term stagnation of the...
  • French university introduces gender-neutral toilets in nationwide first [Tours]

    09/14/2017 9:27:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies ^ | 14 September 2017 15:10 CEST+02:00
    The University of Tours in central-west France has become the first in the country to offer gender-neutral toilets, in an effort to make transgender students feel more comfortable. As well as the new toilets, the university has also announced that starting from this year, it will recognize transgender students’ preferred names on their student ID cards, university email addresses, and on class registers. In France, legal name changes are often a long and complex process, which means many transgender students have a legal name which does not match their gender identity or outward appearance. The decision comes a year after...
  • Islamic groups in Germany publish election survey for Muslim voters

    09/12/2017 6:35:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.11.2017 | se/jm (dpa, KNA, epd)
    The Central Council of Muslims in Germany, as well as the German Muslim League (Deutsche Muslim Liga) and the Islamische Zeitung newspaper on Monday published the results of a survey sent to the parties expected to be voted in to the next Bundestag. Of the 61.5 million eligible voters in Germany’s nationwide elections due to be held September 24, about 1.5 million are Muslim. The survey’s publishers Aiman Mazyek, Belal El-Mogaddedi and Sulaiman Wilms wrote that, like all citizens, these voters were interested in issues surrounding pensions, climate protection and education — parties’ positions on these were well-covered. “However, a...
  • Is Angela Merkel's huge lead in German pre-election polls accurate?

    09/12/2017 5:23:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.12.2017 | Jefferson Chase
    The German election has two faces. Most observers consider the race at the top over, with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel running around 15 percent ahead of her Social Democratic (SPD) rival Martin Schulz. Yet skepticism remains about the accuracy of pre-election opinion surveys. After all, the overwhelming majority of pollsters failed to predict victories for the pro-Brexit camp in the UK and Donald Trump in the US. The methodologies used by German pollsters range from the telephone interviews employed by established organizations like Infratest dimap and Forsa, which have standing contracts with major news outlets, and online surveys used by...
  • Germany's 'deadliest company' pledges to stop selling guns to crisis regions [H&K]

    09/12/2017 10:46:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 74 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | September 8, 2017 | Ben Knight
    Heckler & Koch, the German weapons manufacturer whose guns are estimated to have killed more than 2 million people since the company was founded in 1949, has quietly adopted the most ethical sales policy of any gunmaker in the world. The company has pledged no longer to sell arms into warzones or to countries that violate corruption and democracy standards, including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, or any African countries. [Emphasis Mine]
  • Farmers will have to fence off cattle from streams and rivers by 2021 [Ireland]

    09/11/2017 3:17:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies ^ | 09/11/2017 09:20:59 | Seán McCárthaigh
    Farmers will have to fence off cattle to prevent them accessing rivers and streams as part of new measures to improve water quality. A review by two government departments of a program to ensure Ireland complies with the EU Nitrates Directive has recommended that farmers on more intensively stocked farms must take measures to prevent contact between cattle and water sources on their land from January 1, 2021. The review of the Nitrates Action program by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government said the deadline would give farmers the chance to plan fencing...
  • Taoiseach: I don't believe women in Ireland are fully equal [pushing abortion]

    09/10/2017 6:42:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies ^ | 09/09/2017 - 06:41:40
    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has acknowledged that women in Ireland do not enjoy full equality “in lots of different fields”. His comment came while answering questions in Longford yesterday, about an earlier call by the Children’s Minister for “reproductive justice” for Ireland. Mr. Varadkar told Shannonside FM that he welcomed Katherine Zappone’s contribution to the abortion debate. …
  • Tony Blair defends call for EU migration curbs

    09/10/2017 10:39:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10 September 2017
    Tony Blair has defended his call for new controls on EU migration as a cabinet minister accused him of a belated “epiphany” on the issue. The ex-PM said the UK could stay in the EU after all with new curbs in place. He claimed this would address people’s “grievances” without the “sledgehammer” of Brexit. Critics have pointed to his Labour government’s decision not to apply transitional controls to eastern European migrants in 2004. Mr. Blair’s proposals are to “tighten” existing free movement rules, including on benefit entitlement, and seek to negotiate an “emergency brake” on EU migration in certain sectors....